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Refugee Week Lessons

The 20th June marks UN World Refugee Day, which falls in Refugee Week here in the UK (14th - 21 June).  The theme for Refugee Week this year is "We cannot walk alone". We have worked with teachers to develop two lesson plans, pupil resource sheets and teaching notes to support your teaching.

Human Rights Teaching Resources - spotlight

Marking Human Rights Day on December 10th is an excellent opportunity to highlight this area of the curriculum, as well as helping students understand how they can develop their active citizenship skills by advocating for the protection of human rights across the globe.

Below are some resources you can use to help teach this important day:

ACT Journals

Each journal has articles, lesson ideas and advice on classroom practice.

Edition 46 on Human Rights 

Journeys to Citizenship. Exploring the experiences of new citizens in the UK.

This resource was devised by Professor Bridget Byrne* in association with ACT. Professor Byrne carried out interviews with new entrants to the UK in 2017, asking especially about their experiences of becoming a British citizen and why they chose to do this. The case studies are real and raise interesting questions about identity and belonging. They can be used within lessons that explore aspects of Britishness and British values. The case studies also tell of disturbing stories of the process of choosing to become a citizen and reflect on the nature of belonging.

Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016 - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016

Zoe Baker, Citizenship Teacher, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at The Towers School and Sixth Form in Ashford, Kent.

'Education in a Diverse UK' published by Migrant Help UK

'Education in a Diverse UK' published by Migrant Help UK has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources.

This education pack aims to

Blog: 'Immigration Offenders'

ACT Professional Officer Chris Waller talks about how Citizenship teachers might discuss the Home Office's recent 'immigration offender' campaign with their students in a new blog, The Signs That Travel.

The Signs That Travel

How might Citizenship teachers react to the recent Home Office campaign regarding what the Home Office is calling "immigration offenders"?


Firstly, if the language used is defamatory, inflammatory or discriminatory and undermines social justice and human rights then Citizenship teachers would be feeling very uncomfortable about the campaign that the Home Office has been running. Where the law on residency has been infringed then government has a right and duty to uphold the law. It is how it chooses to do this that promotes controversy.


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